The New Social Environment#586

Blue Green Black Red: Ellsworth Kelly

Featuring Yve-Alain Bois, Robert Storr, Phyllis Tuchman, and Alex Bacon


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Scholars Yve-Alain Bois, Robert Storr, and Phyllis Tuchman join Rail contributor Alex Bacon for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Barrett White.

In this talk

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Yve-Alain Bois

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A specialist in 20th-century European and American art, Yve-Alain Bois is recognized as an expert on a wide range of artists, from Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso to Piet Mondrian and Barnett Newman. He is currently establishing the catalogue raisonné of Ellsworth Kelly’s paintings, reliefs and sculptures. He has curated and co-curated a number of influential exhibitions, including Piet Mondrian, A Retrospective (1994) at the National Gallery of Art and MoMA and L’informe, mode d’emploi (1996) at the Centre Pompidou. An Oblique Autobiography, a collection of essays, is forthcoming at no placed press in September.

Robert Storr

Robert Storr
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Preeminent art critic, curator, artist, and educator Robert Storr is the former Dean of Yale School of Art and senior curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has written numerous catalogues, articles, and books on major 20th and 21st-century artists. He was the first American to serve as visual arts director of the Venice Biennale and has been researching and writing on Philip Guston for more than three decades.

Phyllis Tuchman

Phyllis Tuchman
Critic and art historian Phyllis Tuchman teaches and writes about art, particularly sculpture. She has taught at Williams College, Hunter College, and the School of Visual Arts. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

Alex Bacon

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Curatorial Associate at the Princeton University Art Museum Alex Bacon is an art historian based in New York City who regularly writes criticism and organizes exhibitions of both contemporary and historical art. Bacon is co-editor, with Hal Foster, of a collection of essays on Richard Hamilton (MIT Press, 2010), as well as the author of texts in various exhibition catalogs and edited volumes. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts, and has served as a guest critic in the graduate painting departments of the Rhode Island School of Design and AKV/St. Joost. He is currently completing his PhD in art history at Princeton, with a dissertation on the first decade of Frank Stella’s career.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Barrett White reading.

Barrett White

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Poet Barrett White edits the online journal Tagvverk. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Brooklyn Rail, DIAGRAM, Nomaterialism, P-Queue, bæst, and elsewhere. Other writing can be found in places such as the Action Books blog, Social Text, Full Stop, and FLAT. A graduate of the Bard MFA program, he currently lives in Brooklyn.

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